Parish Announcements

Prayer of the Day

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Today’s 1 Advent Zoom Worship Service, November 28, 2021: Please join Immanuel in a Zoom Worship Service this morning. You can follow the service as we worship together online, or by simply printing it out. The service text and ZOOM access link may be found HERE. Sr. Daneen Pysz leads our zoom Service of the Word this morning. You can read some of her bio below. Join us..! All are welcome.

Outreach Ministry to the Homeless:    Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped prepare for our last Dine & Connect dinner on October 25th. We had 24 walk-up guests and served 94 total hot meals to them and those sheltering down at the encampments near the base. Immanuel, in conjunction with the Dine & Connect Work Group, which consists of organizations like Building Futures, Operation Dignity, the greater Alameda Faith Community, and the City of Alameda, host monthly dinners for the homeless here in Alameda. The dinners are free and occur on the last Monday of the month here from the ILC Parish Hall. All dinners are dinners-to-go due to Covid-19 protocols. Our next dinner will be held Monday, November 29th from the new hours of 4 – 5pm. A limited number volunteers will be needed in all categories of hospitality from food prep to recycling & cleanup. Contact Terry for more information. There is a wonderful article in this weeks Synod Newsletter under Church Together found HERE. It is hoped and prayed for that this much needed ministry will be a small but important step in helping feed those who are hungry and unsheltered.

November 21st Special Meeting Results: the congregation voted to approve hiring a company to do an assessment of our historic buildings to prioritize work needed. Thank you to all who gave input and attended the meeting.

Advent Services: The congregations of the Bridges Conference of the Sierra Pacific Synod, our sister churches in the Bay Area, are joining together to host Advent Vespers on Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22. Worship will begin at 7 pm. The conference wishes to extend an invitation to everyone to join us. Meeting ID: 934 6526 0264. One tap mobile: +16699006833,,93465260264# US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 934 6526 0264. Worship Hosts: December 1: Shepherd of the Hills, Berkeley (Pr. Sharon Stalkfleet) and Lutheran Church of the Cross, Berkeley (Pr. Cary Bass-Deschenes). December 8: Resurrection, Oakland (Pr. Marv Abrahamson) Trinity Lutheran, Alameda (Pr. Stephanie Johnson). December 15: All Saints, Novato (Pr. Dave Miller). December 22: Christ Lutheran, El Cerrito and Hope Lutheran, El Sobrante (Pr. Ruth Peterson/Pr. Sara Wilson).

In Person Worship on Christmas Eve: Immanuel is planning in person worship on Christmas Eve for all who would like to attend. We will also have live streaming for those who prefer to remain at home. More details to follow.

CRECE Food Distribution Program: CRECE, the Central American Refugee East Bay, began its food distribution program to people in need on Friday, June 25 for a few hours beginning at 11 AM. The organization will continue doing so every other Friday – Nov. 5 & 19, Dec. 3 & 17. If you know anyone in need, let them know.

Worship Planning and Streaming: The Liturgy Committee suggests these actions: Immanuel will have communion on varying Sundays led by Pastors Meg Brogan and Paul Theiss. In addition to Br. Brian Brozovic, we now welcome Sr. Daneen Pysz to our service rotation. Daneen is currently at PLTS, and is a published author (Bible’s ‘Bad’ Girls). She has established a ministry of biblical storytelling which portrays first person dramas about women in the Bible who have done brave and courageous deeds for the Lord. We look forward to her leading in worship Services of the Word.

Grace Church, Alameda at Immanuel Lutheran Church: The Church Council has voted to welcome Grace Alameda to our campus. The congregation pre Covid was 100 members including families with children, singles and seniors. Pastor Kai is ordained through the non-denominational church. A 6 month “getting to know each other” period has been agreed upon. A contract will be signed and documents previously used with past church renters will be required. Grace Alameda is interested in worshiping in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings, offering a Sunday School, sharing coffee hour and working with ILC to convey the work and message of Christ to the Alameda Community. It is an exciting way to share our facility. Go to for more information about the congregation. Direct your questions to any of the Council Members.

Transition/Call Committee for a New Pastor: The Church Council is working with a Deacon of the Sierra Pacific Synod during the call process. We have completed the Ministry Site Profile which explains Immanuel’s make-up, ministry and place in our community. This is an important step in calling a new pastor. With the sale of the parsonage complete, we have funds to compensate a pastor.

Congregation Concerns:   Pastor Stephanie Johnson at Trinity Lutheran Church wants to remind Immanuel members she is available for pastoral care. If you need to talk to a minister, call her at 510-846-0883. It is important that our offerings continue to support our going forward. Please send your donations to the church, 1910 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, or drop them in the mail slot to the right of the metal gate on Santa Clara Ave. For your safety, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, watch your physical distance, wash your hands, and most importantly, stay well. 

All congregation members are welcome at Council meetings:  the next meeting will be on Thursday, October 7, 2021 on Zoom at 7PM. Call or email the church office to get the Zoom link to meetings.


Church Council Members for 2021
President                     Andrew Thomas
Vice President             Deanna Johe
Secretary                     Michele Thomas
Treasurer                    Chris Fetzer
Financial Secretary    Jane Sullwold
Member at Large         Ruth Dow (Outreach & Social Ministry)
Member at Large         Chris Kanbergs
Member at Large         Judy Blank Member at Large Beth Greene

Church Council openings were prayerfully offered and considered by the assembly. The monthly Council meetings are generally 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length. The positions are for a two-year commitment.

Church Property Maintenance Needs: Due to the coronavirus Immanuel has not held a work day, but some projects can be done by someone working alone. Let a Council member know if you would like to take on one of these:

  • 1. Door closer in the office needs repair;
  • 2. Clean out gutters;
  • 3. Repair kitchen door to Parish Hall backyard;
  • 4. Sand, refinish a few kitchen cabinet doors in poor condition;
  • 5. Remove weeds behind kitchen/parish hall and neighbor with weed whacker;
  • 6. Fix women’s bathroom drain;
  • 7. Repair toilet seal leak in the Parish Hall men’s bathroom;
  • 8. Add “Private Property” signs per insurance company suggestion;
  • 9. Paint over Korean church sign on Santa Clara.
  • 10. repair Parish Hall main heater.
  • 11. repair the women’s bathroom window.

Parsonage Update: The sale of the parsonage closed on Friday, September 10th. Special thanks to Jane and Bob Sullwold and other attorneys they know who did much legal work pro bono.

Food Bank Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Food Bank Sunday on the first Sunday of every month. The Alameda Food Bank (AFB) has suspended community food donations, but will continue to receive any monetary donations for those in need. Please feel free to make a contribution to the Alameda Food Bank.

Visionary Team Meeting:    will next briefly via an on-line conference call  on a date yet to be determined. Your ideas, thoughts, and prayers for the future of our parish are always welcomed, so please stay tuned for future notices in these announcements. And by all means, consider joining us in this incredible ministry. All are invited to participate.

Ladies Aid:    generally meets on the third Sunday of every month. Due to current health concerns the meetings will be held on an “as needed basis”. Please watch the announcements for any further updates.

Mens Group:    regularly meets on the 1st Saturday of every month at 10am at Marti’s Place, 1905-1/2 Encinal Ave. near Lafayette for fellowship and a little pastoral “checking in”. Our meetings have, of course, been suspended until after the health crisis. All men of the church are always welcome.

Worship and Music:    regularly meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month after Coffee Hour. Because of the recent COVID-19 health concerns the team will suspend any further meetings until the health crisis is over (God willing). Please feel free to join us at that time. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Advisory Team:    generally meets on Fridays. The next meetings will start up again after the health crisis is over. We meet in the Helen Room. All are welcome.

Son-Light PreSchool Teachers:    We pray for all of our teachers who have been laid off – Preschool Director Yvonne Brewer, Teachers Jean Benge,  Elaine Nye, and Monice Pernell. For the children & their families in our preschool program. Please keep them in your prayers

Organ Repair:   Thanks to all who donated to the first phase of our Werner Bosch, Opus 353 organ repair. Pledges and donations for the remaining 4 phases will still be graciously accepted. This wonderful instrument was donated and installed in 1965 by the Roth family for just under $85,000. To replace an instrument of this caliber and quality in today’s market would be significantly over $500,000. For further information, please talk to our Music Director, Terry O’Connor, or any Council member.

Immanuel Choir Sunday:    Immanuel regularly celebrates Choir Sunday on the last Sunday of every month and on the major Feast Days such as Easter & Christmas. Anyone who wishes to sing, or learn how to sing and read music, or play an instrument is encouraged to join. There are no auditions – simply a desire to sing or play music. We gather to warm-up at 9am, then sing for worship. Since worship services have been cancelled due to current health concerns, Choir Sunday won’t be held until further notice. However, if you’re interested, please contact Terry O’Connor, our Music Director, or email him anytime at

Recycling Program Change:   Recycling will be available by volunteer Walter McQuesten, 510-521-1356 with these requests. Plastic: CRV, empty and without lids; Aluminum: empty and bent, smashed or flattened; Glass bottles: clean and boxed. It’s good to recycle. Thank you for helping to cut down on landfill and help our planet.

Church Office Hours:   staffed by volunteers has been suspended. New hours have yet to be determined. If you need assistance, please call the office at (510) 523-0659 anytime and leave a message for staff or for our Council President, Andrew Thomas.

Coffee Hour and Altar Flowers:    Sign-up charts for Coffee Hour and Flowers has been suspended for 2021.

Last Sunday:    Attendance: +++    AFB Food Distribution : +++ lbs.

Prayer List: Marsha Barta, Cheryl Bess, Gina Grossi, Clementine Jackson, Erika Wiesmann, Ann Miller Taylor, Don and Barbara Wilson, Roy and Marcia Goldt, Marty Cosgriff, Nathan Gould, Shirley Lustig, Linda Glasenapp, Charlotte Berndt, Keith Bryan, Margaret Boehler, the O’Connor and Wahrhaftig families, God’s protection for David Powell, Pastor Dot and Bill, God’s protection for Cameron, Chuck and Peggy’s son Charlie undergoing cancer treatments, healing for Helene Rabe with cancer, Henry and Gudrun Schamoni, Fred W. Taylor, Madeline McEntyre, Scott Tyler, Sharon Quinn, Karen Wirth, Ehsanulla Shafaq for highest and best good, Linda Ganfield and family on the death of her mother Darleen, Jim Lynch, Manuel Jasso of Zacatecas, Mexico, Joyce Bryan, Renee and Kathy, Jill Simmons, and Pr Dot who is home and recovering from recent surgery, .

(Please call the church office to leave updates to the Prayer List)


“So do not fear,for I am with you; do not be dismayed , for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

God remains close and grace always abounds.  We have only to reach out to God through prayer and to one another via chats, Facebook, phone calls, texts.

I invite you to use some of this time to spend time with God as we wait this virus out.  Spend time in prayer.  Talking with God.  Renewing the one relationship that will see you through.  And then remember, as you might be tempted to grab up all the toilet paper, that God loves your neighbor, too.   Leave supplies for others.  Spend time in prayer for them.  We all need each other.  We all need God.  We will make it through this time together.